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New year for Speedos

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times

Members of the Aspen Speedos junior swim team meet with members of the U.S. Paralympic swim team in Durango last weekend.

The Aspen Speedos are back in the pool.

The Aspen Swim Club's junior swimmers jumped into the new season at the annual Honeyville Invitational at the Durango Community Recreation Center last weekend.

The younger Speedos made the trip to Durango with assistant coach Jenny Roeder. The older Speedos were involved in experiential education activities last week.

"It was a low-key, early season meet," Roeder said. "We were led by Micah Sanders-Silva. He swam eight events and came in with seven first places."

She said he posted personal-best times in all of his events as a 10-year-old swimming in the 9-10 division.

Teammate Haver Muss-Nichols won the 200 breast in Durango.

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"He dropped time in four events," Roeder said.

Muss-Nichols finished second in four events and added one third place.

He was second in the 100 backstroke, the 100 individual medley, the 50 back and the 50 butterfly.

"Maia Ettlinger swam her first events in the 9-10 age group," Roeder said of the 9-year-old who moved up to the longer distance swims in the 9-10 division.

She finished fifth in the 200 freestyle in her first 9-10 meet.

She also posted huge time drops in the 50 butterfly and the 100 breast.

Ettlinger also collected two fifth places and two sixth places at the Honeyville Invitational.

"Siena Ettlinger swam in her first meet," Roeder said of the 6-year-old in her first competition with the Aspen Speedos. "She won her heat in the 25 backstroke. It was an awesome first meet for her."

Bliss Hemstreet, 10, dropped time in four of her eight events, Roeder said.

She finished third in the 200 freeestyle. She also was fourth in the 50 breast and the 100 breast.

Teammate Bennett Jones, 10, dropped time in five events, Roeder said. She placed first in the 50 fly and third in the 50 freestyle.

"Stella Payne was also swimming in her first meet as a 9-year-old," Roeder said.

Payne posted a big time drop in the 100 individual medley.

"It was a really good meet for Stella, as well," Roeder said.

The Aspen Speedos assistant coach said the young Aspen swimmers had an opportunity to watch member of the U.S. Paralympic swim team work out at the pool in Durango.

"We watched them swim, and we ran into them at our restaurant (in Durango)," Roeder said. "That was cool."

She said the next meet for the Speedos will be their home meet in Aspen at the Aspen Recreation Center on Oct. 17-18.

dstrode@aspentimes.com